Our glossary explains some of the medical and legal terms used in palliative care. Glossary words are underlined in the Topics and Asked and Answered sections, with definitions appearing when you hover on a word.


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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent (NSAID)

A type of medication used to treat common aches and pains, and especially pain caused by inflammation. Best used under the direction of a health care provider, as they may thin the blood (increasing risk of bleeding), cause stomach upset and impair kidney function. Available with or without a prescription.